A practice-based and written analysis, this artist-filmmaking research project engages with and questions the existing language, grammar and truth-making of archival films. The research proposes that editorial grammar or meter – with its definitive or categorical status - can be scrutinised and reworked, introducing broader, contemporary perspectives whilst revealing embedded, propogandised agendas.
The aim of my thesis is the re-examination of late seventeenth-century lesbian history and the development of a new theory/methodology of the ‘Lesbian Gaze’, which will seek to eroticize women’s writing of the period. Using a queer perspective, and utilising a historical understand of gender, the body, sexual anatomy, sexuality and women’s relationships, my research will investigate how restoration libertinism inflected women and how female-female love, desire and eroticism were represented.
My study hopes to determine the value of the approach as a catalyst in drawing out these intangible, yet integrated components of the history curriculum. It will also explore the use of drama in delivering ‘contested’ histories, developing recommendations of the HA (Historical Association), which can encourage students’ to appreciate the many challenging and conflicting interpretations of the past.